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Re: Custer Carbines

Posted by Bill M. on Monday, 8 November 2010, at 5:07 p.m., in response to Re: Custer Carbines, posted by Jack Lewis on Monday, 8 November 2010, at 8:54 a.m.

Jack, I checked the referenced pages of my copy of Al Frasca's Book II and it seems to confirm that there were several shipments of carbines to the western cavalry units, including the Seventh Cavalry between December 1873 and March 1875. It even mentions a small shipment in January 1876. It also notes that the shipments of May and June 1874 were particularly large and that in July 1874, the Seventh Cavalry issued about 250 carbines from these shipments for the Black Hills expedition. Also, if there had only been the February 1874 shipment before the Little Big Horn battle as you suggest, then all the LBH carbines would number under 5000, which is not the case. Instead, these other shipments are confirmed by the fact that carbines associated with the LBH battle are present in the 10000's, the 20000's, the 30000's and as high as 43000. Bill M.


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